Ian began his career in the restaurant business at age seventeen when he turned his passion for cooking into a summer job on Cape Cod. From his first night behind the line Ian loved the fast pace of the restaurant business and set out to learn as quickly as he could.
After attending Middlesex high school in Concord Ian enrolled at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where he earned his bachelor’s degree. During his college years Ian continued to focus on building culinary skills working as a line cook around New England in the summers.
During Ian’s junior year at Cornell he went abroad to Paris where he earned a Cuisine Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu after completing a nine-month intensive program in classic French cuisine. In addition to his work in the classroom the time Ian spent roaming the markets and cafes of Paris has helped defined his style.
After college Ian shifted his focus to restaurant management and took a job with The Cipriani Group as a manager at the Rainbow Room. In 2006 Ian put both his front and back of the house skills to use when he became the opening general manager of Bar Martignetti a brasserie in the SoHo neighborhood of New York.
Ian returned to Massachusetts and enrolled at Harvard Business School in 2008, focusing on entrepreneurship and looking for a location for his first restaurant. Since graduating in May of 2010 Ian has been working on bringing 80 Thoreau to Concord.